MBA Curriculum

The Evening MBA

The Lipscomb Evening MBA is a 36-hour program that includes 27 hours of required core coursework and 9 hours of concentration coursework. 

Prerequisite

BU 6103 Introduction to Quantitative Business Analysis
Accounting and finance are considered the languages of business. This course is designed to help students begin to understand these languages by introducing them to the fundamental concepts of both disciplines. In addition, this course also introduces students to the quantitative tools available to analyze and support financial decisions. At the end of the course, students will have a high-level understanding of the meaning and flow of financial statements, a fundamental understanding of the principles of finance, and a general understanding of how accounting and finance serve as the underpinnings of business. Students with Bachelor’s degrees in disciplines other than business may start the MBA program, but will need to complete BU 6103 Introduction to Quantitative Business Analysis prior to enrolling in any graduate level quantitative classes.

Core Courses

BU 6013 Business Ethics
This course examines the basic ethical issues involved in the conduct of business from a biblical perspective. The course will promote critical thinking about business as a social, ethical, moral, and spiritual activity. Students will consider the juxtaposition of Christianity and commerce and the role of character in ethical decision-making and behavior. Students will be introduced to successful Christian business leaders who will be used extensively in guest-lecture formats. A goal of the course is to encourage and facilitate ethical leadership through a practical study of ethics.

BU 6033 Accounting for Executives
This course introduces students to financial and managerial accounting concepts and their application in the decision-making process. Case analyses on a variety of accounting topics will be used to make application of the concepts covered in this class. Specific topics include the conceptual framework, revenue recognition issues and the income statement, the balance sheet, the statement of cash flows, corporate accountability, product costing and cost behavior concepts, cost volume profit analysis, planning and budgeting, variance analysis, and non-financial measures of performance.

BU 6053 Financial Management
All financial decisions a firm must make are interconnected. Likewise, all major financial decisions affect the overall strategy of the firm. This course focuses on creating awareness of these relationships as well as providing tools for financial and strategic decision making. Topics include project valuation, risk analysis, capital structure, financial signaling, and managerial incentives.

BU 6062 Strategic Marketing
This course provides students with an understanding of the strategic marketing planning process from research and practitioner perspectives. It covers the concept of strategic marketing from the customer and brand perspective. The course will go into the concept of marketing strategy: targeting, establishing a sustainable competitive advantage, and brand positioning. Emphasis of this course will also be directed toward marketing implications.

BU 6083 Strategic Management
This course provides students with the knowledge to develop a holistic approach to business decision making by integrating concepts and experiences from all business areas or disciplines. The ability to work in a cross-disciplinary setting will be enhanced through group assignments. Topics covered include vision, external and internal analysis, and strategic alternatives. The course is multidisciplinary and highly integrative. The overall objective is to sharpen your abilities to “think strategically” and to diagnose situations from a faith-based and strategic perspective.

BU 6132 Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
This course focuses on business processes and strategies that transform and deliver inputs into finished goods and services that meet customer needs. Students learn how to compete using supply networks that manage product, information and revenue flows. Our focus is the entire supply chain from raw materials through consumer use and eventual disposition at the end of life. Significant attention is paid to active learning activities including simulations and case studies. Topics include global supply chain management, lean management, six sigma quality, and project management.

BU 6142 Information Systems for Decision Making 
This course focuses on the use of information systems to support decision-making and business process management. Students learn how to integrate organizational processes and supply networks with enterprise resource planning software, to make management decisions utilizing business analytic and data visualization tools and to employ BPM techniques to improve business processes. Students will examine organizational resistance in systems implementation. Significant attention is paid to active learning activities including team based problem solving and case studies.

BU 6253 Managing Human Resources
This course is designed to provide management insight and an applications-oriented, bottom-line approach to human resource management. It is based on the latest research and practice in the human resource management field. The course is also designed to stimulate critical thinking and to provide skills and techniques that will be used in the world of work. Discussions will include topics such as human resource planning, recruiting, training and development, compensation, and employee relations issues pertinent to the new millennium.

BU 6533 Leadership & Organizational Behavior
This course will examine the challenges associated with leading and managing organizational behavior within complex situations. Leadership & Organizational Behavior focuses on developing skills for identifying behavioral and organizational problems, creating alternative solutions, making and communicating decisions and winning commitment for your position. We will be looking for nuances of behavior that will lead to a higher level of understanding and hence more effective leadership – nuances of different management styles, understanding the manager or subordinates, coping with conflict, developing career strategies, and other leadership challenges.

BU 6633 MBA Global Business
This course will give learners international/domestic business exposure and a unique cultural experience with an opportunity to encounter first-hand a global business environment including various business segments, trends, governing/advising bodies, cultural influences,political issues, marketing and service strategies, management approaches and other factors impacting the transaction of business in the chosen destination. Participation is required.

Concentration Courses

Students select three 3-hour courses (9 hours total) from current concentration options or a distributed concentration made up of the student’s choice of three 3-hour courses from among the concentrations.

College of Business concentrations include:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Health Care Management
  • Leadership
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Sports Management
  • Strategic Human Resources

COB concentration classes are offered at times which fit into the program schedule, on weekends or nights during the October, March, and June terms.

Additional university concentrations include:

  • Conflict Management
  • Health Care Informatics
  • Information Security
  • Sustainability*

Non-COB concentration classes may be offered at times that conflict with core classes. Check with the appropriate College or Institute for class schedule.

*A dual degree 48 credit hour MBA/MS in Sustainability is available at Lipscomb University. Ask your recruiter for details.

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